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Significance and Use
4.1 Vibrating wire piezometers are typically not recoverable after installation. Replacement, which involves drilling a new borehole, is expensive and sometimes impossible. Thus it is important to be certain that the sensor is operational before it is installed.
4.2 Lacking sophisticated testing facilities, field testers must use equipment that is at hand. But in so doing, field testers should not expect to achieve the same accuracy and precision that manufacturers state on the sensor calibration record. Instead, field testers should look for obvious non-conformances, as explained in the procedures.
1.1 This practice describes two acceptance tests for a vibrating wire piezometer: a zero test and a down-hole test. The two tests can help a user verify that the piezometer is operating properly before it is installed.
1.2 This practice offers an organized collection of information or a series of options and does not recommend a specific course of action. This document cannot replace education or experience and should be used in conjunction with professional judgment. Not all aspects of this practice may be applicable in all circumstances. This ASTM standard is not intended to represent or replace the standard of care by which the adequacy of a given professional service must be judged, nor should this document be applied without consideration of a project's many unique aspects. The word “standard” in the title of this document means only that the document has been approved through the ASTM consensus process.
2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.
D653 Terminology Relating to Soil, Rock, and Contained Fluids
D3740 Practice for Minimum Requirements for Agencies Engaged in Testing and/or Inspection of Soil and Rock as Used in Engineering Design and Construction
ICS Number Code 93.020 (Earth works. Excavations. Foundation construction. Underground works)